Then there's the impulse buyer in me. I'm a terrible impulse buyer. I'm the woman who the chocolate bars are placed for at the checkouts. I'm the woman who they put all the bright pretty pictures in cook books for. I'm the woman they dress up the shop windows with colourful dresses in spring for. I'm an impulse buyer and one thing about me is, if I see something I just have to buy, then I have to buy it now! Then I want to take it home and play with it, that's why I eat a chocolate bar on the way home from doing the grocery shopping, I have a huge library of cook books that have only ever supplied me with one dish then been relegated to being a dust collector, and I have quite a few lovely dresses that have only been worn once out for dinner just after I bought them, then I wear jeans for the rest of the time cause the dresses just aren't comfortable. I cant do that with online shopping, when I buy something online it takes weeks for me to get it and by the time I get the package I'm kinda over it.
I've gotten a couple of things delivered to me this week, I've come home from work and there's been a package waiting for me ... so exciting!! I open up the package and look at what I bought, yay it's finally arrived, then it sits on the kitchen table for 5 days til I get sick of seeing it and decide it has to be put away. It's just not as exciting when I haven't been able to play with my purchases as soon as the urge to buy has come on me, all the excitement abates over the ensuing weeks, and even though I try to be excited at opening my packages, it just doesn't give me the same buzz.
Then there's all the other reasons not to buy online, I'd never buy clothes or shoes online, how can you tell by looking at something that it's going to fit, and we all know that a size 8 on one label is a size 4 on another. I like to be able to touch things, turn them around and really look at them, they never give you a picture of the side you really want to look at online.
I have discovered that I have to bite the bullet and buy online. There are a bunch of things that aren't available where I am, not just in outback NSW, but not even available in Australia. I bought a couple of good (I hope) disc locks for Terry and I from eBay about a week ago, they are alarmed and they have the smaller pin that we need for our discs. There were none available in Australia that I could find, the only one I found in a shop didn't tell me what size pin it was, and the woman wasn't going to open the packaging to measure ... hmm that's one of the things I liked about buying in shops, you could measure, not always it seems. So these are coming from Hong Kong, I am sitting here today wondering where in the world they are, and how long until I see them and find out if they are as good as I'm hoping they are. At least this item was pointed out to me by someone who already has exactly the same thing, he seems happy with it.
So after having ordered the disc locks and getting my gloves sent to me, I got a bit more courageous later in the week and ordered something else online. An indicator relocator!! Yeah OK so not so exciting but I'm a bit more enthusiastic about this than any of the other purchases online so far. I've looked everywhere for the one that I want, and yep you guessed it the only one I could find was in America. They were really great though, it took about a week from order to my door.
|Does my bum look big in this?|
I needed to replace that relocator plate and the licence plate holder so that my bike doesn't look quite so much like she's trying to be a truck. It's all too wide and low, so I am hoping to get it all a bit more streamlined and to lift the blinkers up just a touch, there are times that I just miss scraping the blinkers on gutters when I'm parking.
|Hex Head or Socket Cap?|
After getting my fix in the shops I came home and decided to bite the bullet and get the one other thing that I feel is a must have for the bike. Highway bars, for protection for me and my bike I've seen evidence on forums that these things help so I'm really keen to get some. Again it seems to be a case of not available in Australia so I have been shopping round for them online for a while now. I couldn't decide whether to get expensive ones that I really like the look of or just go for the cheaper ones from Hong Kong that still look OK. I ended up ordering the ones from Hong Kong mainly because I realised that dropping the bike is still a distinct possibility at my stage of riding noobness and I figure if I have to replace them then I'll cry less if they are the cheaper ones. They still look nice enough and if in a few years time I decide I really want the spiffy looking ones then I can.
So it's been a busy week, I've hardly been to the shops at all but I've shopped like a demon. It should keep my habit abated for a few weeks now. I have ridden the bike a few times to work this week, though when I was on morning shifts I chickened out and drove the car, that frost is too cold!! I've noticed a difference in my riding too, I'm becoming more confident, and I'm sure when I looked at my chicken strips the other day they look thinner!! I'm definitely more willing to do tight turns too, I haven't had to do a full on U-Turn for a while but I feel like I could without too many butterflies in my tummy. The other thing I've been working on is keeping my foot on the brake when stopped. I have always just used the front brake while stopped, it's a hangover from the days when I didn't use my foot for a brake on the scooter. I have realised how much easier it would be to do tricky things like hill starts if I used my foot brake after querying about hill starts on the forums, so I'm practising keeping the foot up there. I'm not doing too bad, I still get unsteady a lot of the time and have to put both feet down but there are also times that I don't put it down at all. It all comes with practise.